Which findings chest and abdomen are characteristic of Down syndrome?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Gratias Tom Mundakel, MBBS, DCH; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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The internipple distance is decreased. The abdomen is frequently protuberant. Diastasis recti and umbilical hernia (see the image below) may occur.

Patient with Down syndrome with protuberant abdome Patient with Down syndrome with protuberant abdomen and umbilical hernia. Image courtesy of L. Dourmishev, MD, PhD, DSc.

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